It’s nearly futile to try to deflect Cupid’s arrows. Still, many organizations do set policies to minimize the potential legal fallout from co-workers’ romantic relationships. UPS recently got sued over its policy that bans supervisors from dating ANY hourly employee—regardless whether the employee is a direct report. So, do love relationships trump house rules? In this case, the court sighed, “Love and marriage are the losers; something doesn’t seem quite right about that.”
Case In Point: Gerald Ellis worked for UPS for 21 years, successfully rising from driver to. Ellis, who was black, fell in love with a white female hourly employee in the company call center. They kept their relationship secret for three years because of the company’s strict nonfraternization policy.
UPS’ policy makes it a firing offense for managers to engage in a romantic relationship with any hourly employee, ...(register to read more)